Trailer trouble and rain!

Sunday, Jul 10, 2011 at 13:46

ExplorOz Team - Michelle

Our Ningaloo trip is not going smoothly so far... whilst we had a 4am getaway the rig wasn't handling properly and driving was unsafe. Numerous stops, checks and ponderings led us to believe one of the trailer brakes was locked on but David said it would sort itself out and sure enough it did. We made good progress and rendeavoued with Greg & Melissa at Billabong Roadhouse at lunchtime yesterday but when David got out to check the trailer the disk and hub had overheated! The wheel had to come off and sure enough the bearings needed replacement and brakes adjusted. It was a long stop but the boys got the job done and we continued on to find a camp.We chose Gladstone but upon arrival was warned the rain was coming and if 10mm fell, the track out would be impassible. We had little choice but to take the chance so we setup our swags and kept fingers x'd.

Awesome sunsets are often followed by wet nights but it held off until midnight... But then it rained ... And rained.

The Ranger came around in the morning to confirm the track out was stuffed and that we weren't going to get out for 3-4 days at least! The atmosphere around camp was pretty dull with us all calculating the effect of this news. We had no phone/Internet service there either.

Greg and David took a drive to see the condition of the alternative tracks but reported sad news so we had nearly reigned ourselves to setting up a bigger camp to sit out the weather when news came through that some cars had made it out. We were desperate so took our chance too.

It was a tricky slippery muddy drive with our cars and trailers but we made it - with some close calls, thrills and bogs.

So now we are well behind schedule to Ningaloo and driving north in rain contemplating the dilemma ahead.

So we are wet, cold, gritty and apprehensive.

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Michelle Martin
Customer Support - ExplorOz & ExplorOz Traveller
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